Brexit Is A Mess, But It Didn't Have To Be

Bradley Allsop | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

Let's face it: Brexit is a mess. Remainers and Leavers are at each others throats, political parties are divided down the middle, Nigel Farage is actually happy and our Prime Minister is playing her cards so close to her chest not even she knows what hand she's holding. So far, our liberation from European imperialism has been opaque, confusing and angry, and worst of all, it's left a lot of us with a lack of appetite for democracy. But it didn't have to be this way.

Labour Is Losing Its Leave Voters

Matthew Smith | Posted 24.09.2017 | UK Politics
Matthew Smith

Labour is struggling to hold on to its former voters who wanted Brexit, according to the last YouGov/Times survey before the Labour leadership election result is announced... Looking at why former Labour voters are now reluctant to vote Labour again lays the problem clearly at Jeremy Corbyn's door. More than seven in ten (71%) 2015 Labour voters said that they won't vote Labour again because they don't think that Corbyn would make a good Prime Minister. A majority also said that they doubted Labour would be able to form a competent government, and that the party doesn't represent their views.

Did Legal Loophole Win It for Leave?

Simon Sapper | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

The Brexit pledge of more money for the NHS was a key argument in the EU referendum. Indeed, it could well have been the deciding factor in a narrow win following a bruising campaign.

Corbyn Coup Misjudges Public Mood

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Tess Finch-Lees

The Blairite coup against Jeremy Corbyn has sorely misjudged the public mood. The economy is in free fall and the rampant racism unleashed by the Leave campaign makes the "No blacks, dogs and Irish" signs of the 60's seem welcoming. Vigilante bigots now roam our streets attacking "foreigners", issuing unofficial deportation orders demanding, "We want our country back".

Don't Blame the Voters: Britain's Brexit Crisis Is Caused by Bad Campaigning

Sam Saunders | Posted 01.07.2017 | UK Politics
Sam Saunders

The referendum result was decided before either side of the debate got going. The campaigns were fraught with misinformation in the name of securing votes ahead of telling the truth. The crisis we have is a product of lazy campaigning to a poorly informed electorate.

Life in the Arts Lane, Week 125 - What Next After the Leave Vote?

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am just one of millions of British citizens and other Europeans who have benefitted from freedom of movement. All this does not matter as we are irrevocably in this situation and we have to make the best of it. Head up, chin high and off we go.

Why Remain Voters Can Be Glad of a Vote to Leave

Stef Benstead | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stef Benstead

I haven't blogged in a while and this seemed an appropriate topic with which to get back into it. The result was a close call which says to me that t...

After the EU Referendum Result, Jeremy Corbyn Must Go

Richard Carr | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Carr

One nation Tories and the rump of the Lib Dems should all feel more comfortable with the next Labour leader than they do a Johnson-Farage axis at No.10. The centre should therefore proffer a single candidate prepared to make specific offers to such types outside the party. And they should act now.

The EU Referendum: Tories Sharpen Their Cutlasses Whilst The Baby Learns To Swim

Karl Davis | Posted 24.06.2017 | UK
Karl Davis

So it would appear that the 'Leave' campaign has been victorious. Four long months of propaganda, mistruths, and barely veiled xenophobia have managed...

A Final Plea to Britain's Ethnic Minority Voters

Schona Jolly | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Schona Jolly

Politicians are entrusted to lead us with vision, whether we agree or not. The Brexit "vision" has no detail, no experts, no answers. Think about whether you can remember a time in history when senior politicians, a Cabinet minister no less, told people to ignore expert views, throw caution to the wind, based on absolutely nothing but a "feeling" Britain would be fine.

Exit Stage Left?

Philip Moriarty | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK
Philip Moriarty

I cannot, in all conscience, cast a vote which would help support and bolster this hateful prejudice. The EU, despite its many problems, is by far the lesser of the evils.

Brexit or Remain? As a Parent, I Know How I'll Be Voting

Shumailla Dar | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Parents
Shumailla Dar

As a mother of two and a long-time public servant I have real concerns about the pressures being placed on public services in this country; with growing class sizes, the lack of places at good schools, and excruciatingly long waiting times at my local doctor's surgery and A&E, I'm frustrated by the increased strain being placed on our services in this country as a whole. But I've remained mostly on the fence.

Instead of Taking Flight From the EU, We Should Stay and Work Even Harder to Reform and Improve What It Does

Evelyn Robert de Rothschild | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Evelyn Robert de Rothschild

In these final days before the most important referendum in Britain's history, what should we scrutinise? To my mind, some of this time would be well ...

The EU Referendum - What Children Say

Nicky Cox MBE | Posted 18.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nicky Cox MBE

First News gives the children of Britain a voice about the issues that matter most to them. It's not a new idea. Indeed, children have a right to be ...

A Vote for Leave Is Not a Vote for Democracy

Matty Edwards | Posted 17.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Matty Edwards

The EU may not be perfect, but it is by no means as undemocratic and dominated by the commission as Leave campaigners argue. Voting to leave the EU is not a vote for democracy, because just like the EU, the UK political system is certainly not completely democratic.

Brexit Would Be a Victory for Racists

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

As the date of the EU referendum vote draws closer and closer, polls are worryingly beginning to show the Brexit campaign stretching out in front. But do we truly understand the intentions behind the Leave campaign and the knock-on impacts a Brexit vote will have on our country?

EU Referendum Demonstrates How Democracy Is Breaking

David Mooney | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
David Mooney

Democracy is a very good idea in principle, but in practise sometimes it doesn't work in the way many would like it to. In that sense, it's a little bit like Ade Akinbiyi - weak, slow and doesn't get a lot done, but is probably worth a punt on deadline day because there's not many other decent options around.

Rain Has 'Saved France'

Stephen Clarke | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Clarke

I was having a drink with a Socialist the other night (it's something that can easily happen in Paris), and naturally we got on to the subject of wate...

New Brexit Hooligans

Stephen Clarke | Posted 27.05.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Clarke

In short, the eurocrats are scared of a fight. They're as unlike Hitler as you could get. But European pacifism is apparently not something that Messrs Cameron and Johnson want to hear about.

As a Eurosceptic, 'Leave' Has Failed Me

John Fletcher | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK
John Fletcher

Its disheartening to think of what could have been gained. Almost as disheartening as seeing Boris Johnson bumbling around the West Country on that ridiculous bus.

The Treasury Paper - A Basis for Debate

John Watson | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Watson

At long last the referendum battle seems to be joined. Until this week the points were all coming from the Brexit camp and the only riposte seem to b...

No Light at the End of the Tunnel for the EU's Youth

Rob Comley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rob Comley

Across Europe, Eurosceptic student groups are gradually coming together. They see the need for less government, not more. They realise the EU has been a cause of their troubles - or at least a symptom of the cause - which has done next to nothing to cure their problems. Just like many countries on the continent, Britain's youth is finally realising, the only way to truly solve this crisis is to Get Britain Out of the EU.

This Debate Is About the EU, Not About Europe

Rob Comley | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Comley

If you take a look at the pro-EU StrongerIn website, the first thing you will read is the following message - blurting out of the screen in big, bold, white letters: "Britain is stronger, better off and safer in Europe than we would be out on our own." Let's set this record straight - we love 'Europe'. We just hate the EU!

Katie Hopkins: 'Employers Should Not Have To Pay For The Risks In Our Lives'

Esther Hayden | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Esther Hayden

Katie Hopkins view, as she expressed in her newspaper column is that we should all take responsibility for what she terms the 'potential risks' in our lives and business owners should not be out of pocket in cases such as this.

Brawn Leaves Mercedes

Todd McCandless | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

Rumors have suggested Williams F1, Ferrari and Red Bull as possible landing pads for Brawn but in the end, it depends on the circumstances as brawn doesn't like to play second fiddle to anyone- a main reason for leaving Mercedes.